The pandemic has presented a wide array of challenges for entrepreneurs. Cancelled in-person events, economic downturns and shifting business priorities have left early-stage entrepreneurs with less easily accessible support than before.

However, there are still ways to connect with the local startup community. Hands-on coaching opportunities, lessons from successful founders and free troubleshooting sessions are all available if you look in the right places.

Here are some of the best events for business owners and entrepreneurs taking place this month:

Women in Tech Global Awards

When is it: December 3

Why you should attend: This virtual awards ceremony will celebrate some of the world’s powerful women driving change with impact and purpose. Award categories range from allyship to cultural inclusion and upskilling programs.  

Cost to attend: Attendance can be free for individuals and go up to $1,299 all-access corporate pass.

Learn more and register here.

Stepping Up: Canada’s Next Digital Chapter

When is it: December 3, 4:00 – 5:30 PM

Why you should attend: Join this free session with leaders from some of tech’s biggest companies like Google, Shopify, Hootsuite and Facebook to learn about Canada’s tech scene.

Cost to attend: Registration is free. Speakers will discuss how Canada can prepare for the decade ahead and identify key skills and innovations that will drive the market forward.

Learn more and register here.

Founder Fundamentals: Pitching & Storytelling

When is it: December 3, 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Why you should attend: Learn how to craft your brand story and present it professionally in the free, two-hour workshop led by LaunchYU and Markham Small Business Centre. This session is part of an 11-week series helping aspirational or early-stage founders kickstart their entrepreneurial careers.

Cost to attend: Registration is free.

Learn more and register here.

How to Be Productive Working at Home

When is it: December 4, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM PST

Why you should attend: As working remotely becomes the new normal across many sectors in Canada, workers are finding new ways to adapt and manage their time. In this webinar, get tips and techniques to help you stay productive while enjoying more flexibility in your working hours.

Cost to attend: Register to attend live for $145 or purchase a recorded version of the session for $195.

Learn more and register here.

Embracing Disruption in the Workplace

When is it: December 10, 1:00 – 2:00 PM

Why you should attend: Join this webinar to understand recent disruptions in the Canadian workplace as a result of the pandemic. In this hour-long webinar, industry experts will discuss digital workplace trends, skills gaps, success factors and inclusion.

Cost to attend: Registration is free.

Learn more and register here.

Business Networking Training

When is it: December 14, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Why you should attend: Learn about the importance of business networking in various settings including face-to-face, online and at events at this one-day intensive workshop. Experts will teach techniques for elevated communication skills, exiting a conversation and following up with new contacts.

Cost to attend: The workshop costs $517.46.

Learn more and register here.

WordPress Toronto Troubleshooting Session

When is it: December 15, 6:30 – 8:30 PM

Why you should attend: If you’re running into issues with your WordPress site and can’t seem to find a long-term solution, this meetup can help you troubleshoot and fix the bug. The event organizers ask that you submit your issue in advance and come prepared with questions; light homework is required, but the free expert-led session will be worthwhile.

Cost to attend: Registration is free.

Learn more and register here.

One of a Kind Online

When is it: Running now until December 22

Why you should attend: Browse hundreds of local vendors at this year’s virtual One of a Kind Show. Normally one of the year’s largest maker markets for homegrown sellers, this event has opened up to be accessible so everyone can support local this holiday season. This can be used as a prime opportunity to see how other businesses position their product and market their shop as well.

Cost to attend: Registration is free – product prices from vendors will vary.

Learn more and register here.


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